European Elections – Nominations for East Midlands of England – Official List
So the day has finally come and the Nominations for the 2014 EU Elections in the East Midlands of England are published. The first thought I have is that I am pleased that I am facing just 8 political opponents rather then 12 we faced in 2009 in the East Midlands of England.
Apart from one “Newcomer” all the other 8 parties have realised that without a full slate of candidates across England, there is no media coverage and without media coverage there is no chance of winning and saving the deposit is a challenge. Unfortunately the “Harmony Party” are set to come last in the East Midlands and loose their deposit.
Anyway here is a brief analysis of the runners and riders who you can vote for on Thursday 22 May 2014.
An Independence from Europe Party or some might say the “Mike Natrass (former UKIP) ‘sulk’ party” which appears to only exist to take some votes away from UKIP, his former party. Running under the Name and description “An Independence from Europe – UK Independence Now”. A very similar ploy as the 2009 “UK First” political party, that stood in 3 Regions of England and gained circa 2.3% – mainly by taking confused UKIP voters away from UKIP – looks like Mike Natrass is trying to do the same thing to UKIP in 2014 and to give him credit he has made a much better job of it then UK First did in 2009. It also proves that the governance role of the Electoral Commission in elections, is something that they simply can’t handle !
British National Party Running under the 2014 Ballot Paper Slogan of British National Party – “Because we can make Britain better”. The question that immediately comes to mind is “how” can the BNP make Britain Better ? especially when UKIP appears to have captured the vast majority of British Nationalist voters, and Nick Griffin is personally bankrupt. If he can’t run his own personal finances, what chance would Nick Griffin have of running a Country ? Also where did the BNP get £55,000 to stand across Great Britain – very strange indeed.
Conservative Party Running under the 2014 Ballot Paper Slogan of Conservative Party “For real change in Europe”. As there has been on “real change”for the past 4 years under a Conservative led government it is difficult to understand what the Conservative & Unionist party have in mind ? Many Conservatives would probably believe that the best “Real Change” in the Conservative party would be to stand up for England and the English for once and elect a sensible leader like David Davis who of course supports the creation of an English Parliament.
English Democrats Running under the new 2014 EU Campaign Slogan on the Ballot Paper of I’m English, NOT British, NOT EUropean! – the great news for English Nationalism was the 2011 Census, where 60% of people in England (in the comfort of their own home) when asked by the census, identified themselves as “English Only” as their Nationality, a further 10% identified themselves as “English/British” 20% identified as “British” and the remaining 10% were all sorts. This clearly shows that as devolution for Scotland, Wales and Ireland has kicked in, English Identity has increased and British Identity has decreased. Many, many people complain that they cannot identify themselves as English on “Government” forms. Coupled with the Scottish Independence debate and the change in English Democrats lead policy from “English Parliament” to “English Independence” the 2014 EU Elections present an interesting opportunity for the English Democrats – will the public use the opportunity to express their English identity in the East Milands of England ?
Green Party The Green Party of England & Wales, does not have a Ballot Paper slogan, however it is interesting that the Green Party of England & Wales with it’s Australian Leader is the only option on the ballot paper, apart form the English Democrats that supports Scottish Independence. So if you wish to vote for a “left leaning” party supporting Scottish Independence in the East Midlands then the Greens are the only choice for you, naturally if you have a common sense view to politics then the English Democrats is your option of course !
Harmony Party Running under the Slogan – Zero Immigration, Anti-EU, Pro-Jobs, this party’s founder could be a supporter of several of the Nationalist parties on the ballot paper, however it is difficult to find out any information about the party as there is no web site, although this party is standing in 3 Regions in England. The creator of the party is a man called Terry Leach, who at the Agents briefing in Southampton explained that he was not “on-line” and had never done anything in politics before, but had come into some money, and it would seem he wants to blow his money on an election – three regions – that’s £15,000 down the drain ! – Anyway, no web site, no media coverage – however the name “Harmony” to me brings hair spray immediately to mind, maybe hairdressers will be voting for Harmony, or even Barber Shop Quartets ?
Labour Party Labour does not have a Ballot Paper Slogan. Before voting Labour – just think about Ed Miliband, that should put you off !
Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats are not “outed” as a Pro-European Union Political Party – if that is what you want, you know who to vote for now.
UK Independence Party (UKIP) Running under the Ballot Paper slogan in the East Midlands of England of UK Independence Party (UKIP) you end up on the Ballot Paper with UK Independence Party (UKIP) – UK Independence Party (UKIP), a bit like the song New York, New York, no doubt (so good you named it twice) – or was that just an admin cock-up ? Nigel will be cross again . For British Nationalists the UKIP “train” for the 2014 EU Elections appears to be unstoppable at the time of writing. UKIP is of course a British Nationalist Party, and has no time for “England” or the “English”, preferring “Britain” and the “British”. – By the 22 May 2014 there is some hope that the people of England will have had so much of “Nigel Farage” that they will simply want to vote for something else – hopefully that something else will be English.
The parties below stood in 2009, but are not standing in the East Midlands in 2014.
|Christian Party “Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship”||17,907||(+1.5%)|
|Socialist Labour Party||13,590||(+1.1%)|
|No2EU – Yes to Democracy||11,375||(+0.9%)|
Votes that have to “go somewhere” in 2014 in the East Midlands of England.
To conclude there are now only 8 Political Parties standing in every constituency across England – these parties have taken the EU Elections seriously
1/ An Independence from Europe – UK Independence Now (Mike Natrass I’m cross with UKIP)
2/ British National Party – Because we can make Britain better
3/ Conservative Party – For real change in Europe
4/ English Democrats – Putting England First ! & I’m English, NOT British, NOT EUropean !
5/ Green Party
6/ Labour Party
7/ Liberal Democrats
8/ UK Independence Party (UKIP)
I hope you find my opinion of use or at least entertaining, please look at each of the Party’s web sites for further details